"The first period in man's life-that in which he is formed and moulded under the hand of God-is always important. It is eminently so in the career of Martin Luther. The whole of the Reformation is included in it. The different phases of this work succeeded one another in the soul of him who was to be the instrument for effecting it, before they were accomplished in the world. The knowledge of the change that took place in Luther's heart can alone furnish the key to the reformation of the Church. It is only by studying the particulars that we can understand the general work. Those who neglect the former will be ignorant of the latter except in its outward appearance.... Let us study the Reformation in Luther himself, before we proceed to the events that changed the face of Christendom."-J.H. Merle D'Aubignè
As one of the great minds of the Reformation times said: "What an age! Studies flourished, minds were awakening: it was a joy merely to be alive!" The world of the Reformation times "waited in expectancy. Luther appeared."
- Excellent book, excellent narrator, poorly finished product.
Excellent book, excellent narrator, poorly finished product.
This could have been a great product. I've really enjoyed it so far. I love that it's not just about Martin Luther, but also of the times. Very helpful.
The narrator is great. She's got one of those voices that are easy to listen to, and she does a fantastic job enunciating perfectly.
One thing, however, I don't get. I own more than quite a few audiobooks from ChristianAudio. Over 100. And I believe that this is the only one of those that is broken up by time segments, rather than by chapter.
And to make it worse, it's not even broken up by pauses in the narration. They just cut it wherever 1 hour and 10 minutes happened to be... be it in the middle of a sentence or even in the middle of a word.
This is a great book, and much more care should have been given to producing this. I'm very dissapointed with it.
Here's an example of how the file splitting makes it difficult to listen to:
I have primarily listened to this in my car. I have it on an USB thumb drive. My drive might be 20 or 30 minutes, and I'll listen to it. Then later I get back in my car and might listen to it as I drive home. But then let's say I want to listen to something else, so I put something else on. Then I want to go back to the audiobook... with most other audio books, I'd just remember I was on say Chapter 10 (or half way through chapter 10), but with this one, it's remembering that you were 35 minutes in to audio file 8, and then spending another 4 minutes fast forwarding to the spot.
- Great book
This book is very well written. Very detailed.
It is read by Nadia May, who does a fantastic job reading it. She reads a bit fast, which works well for a book of this sort. Very easy to listen to.
My only complaint is not with the book itself, but rather with the way they released the audio. The book has 61 chapters. I would rather have had each chapter as a different audio file. Instead, they broke it up into 1 hour and 10 minute segments, no matter where it was. The first file, for example, contains the Introduction, Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and part of Chapter 3. So it makes it difficult to remember where you left off.